In this brand new Australian one-man show, actor and writer Rupert Bevan explores connection and loneliness through the eyes of a young gay man who feels increasingly disconnected from the world around him and the queer community itself.
Through nights in bars and clubs that leave him feeling empty and awkward sexual encounters, Darling Boy feels an agonising sense of disillusionment. He questions what it means to be a young queer person today.
If he doesn’t feel like he fits into the ‘gay scene’, and feels like a ‘bad gay’, then where does he fit in? He’s trying to get over his first love, the memory of which lingers, and there is so much he and his family aren’t talking about.
Does loneliness ever pass, or is it just part of growing up? Darling Boy explores the journey we all go on to understand love and ourselves; discovering the loneliness of being yourself and the integrity that it takes to become yourself.
“This play is acerbic, hilarious and heartbreaking. It brings into focus new questions about how we live our lives in a modern queer world. I present this show to make others feel less alone,” says Rupert.
Writer / Performer: Rupert Bevan | Co-Director / Dramaturg: Lucy Rossen | Sound Designer: Rupert Buesst | Lighting Design: Sam Diamond | Stage Management: Brooke Simmonds
The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place (off Little Collins Street), Melbourne
Season: 16 – 21 May 2022
Information and Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com
Image: Rupert Bevan performs Darling Boy (supplied)